Conference examines 'humanities scholarship in the digital age'

A day-long workshop on campus Feb. 1 will take a close look at how and why digital media is important to scholarship in the humanities. Attendance is free and the public is invited.

"Beyond the Book: Humanities Scholarship in the Digital Age" will meet in the Buehler Alumni Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It includes lunch for people who register by Jan. 25; to sign up, call (530) 752-4327 or email

The agenda includes a morning keynote panel on "Crossing the Digital Divide: Reimagining Humanities Research," followed by a lunchtime roundtable on university presses and digital publications. The afternoon includes digital scholarship demonstrations by UC Davis humanities faculty and others.

Faculty, administrators, designers and programmers will consider "the full gamut of digital publication possibilities," the conference description says, "from e-books to Web-based multi-media essays," all to "chart the limits and possibilities of new forms of scholarship."

"Clearly, digital humanities offers new techniques for research as well as truly innovative forms of publication," the description says. "But what are the costs and challenges?"

The event is sponsored by the Davis Humanities Institute and the Technoscience, Arts and Culture Research Cluster, with support from several campus departments and units, including the Academic Technology Services unit of Information and Educational Technology.